7. Detroit Lions: "Fit" is the word
If the Denver Broncos are looking for a coach who won’t want to take over the place, the Lions are looking for someone with even lower ambitions.
After adroitly navigating the first 0-16 season in league history both to keep their jobs and then to secure promotions less than 24 hours after the final gun fired in the season’s final embarrassment, Tom Lewand and Martin Mayhew are now even more firmly entrenched in Detroit.
The next coach had better not try to undermine them.
Lewand and Mayhew aren’t looking for the best coach; they’re looking for the best "fit." In other words, they want a guy who’ll be happy to get the job, and who won’t blame either of them if the thing goes (or, more accurately, stays) south.
In other words, they want a coach who’ll demonstrate to them the loyalty that they didn’t show to their former boss, Matt Millen, whom they criticized behind his back while he was there, and whom they now openly blame for the failures of the past eight seasons.
Mayhew and Lewand should have been gone and Parcells or Pioli should now have that position. Ford once again shows his ineptitude at running an NFL franchise. I don't believe these two can turn this juggernaut to hell around.
Draft/trade for defense should be the #1 priority. I keep hearing they should take a QB at #1. Bad move, and more than Millenesque enough to keep this franchise in the toilet.
I'm not too optimistic about the Lions immediate or long term future with the way things have started out after the Millen years/fiasco ended.